Multi Partner Research Initiative

The Multi-partner Research Initiative is part of the national Oceans Protection Plan, launched on November 7, 2016. The Initiative will provide $45.5 million over 5 years to draw upon the expertise and experience of oil spill experts in Canada and abroad.

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The Initiative will support collaboration among leading national and international experts on oil spill research and response to:

  • identify knowledge gaps and research priorities
  • improve our understanding of how oil spills behave in water and their impacts on fish and other aquatic organisms
  • develop new technologies and protocols to select the best methodologies for oil spill clean-up
  • support science-based decisions that will aim to minimize the environmental impacts of oil spills and enhance habitat recovery

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will collaborate with:

  • oil spill experts in government, industry and academia
  • Indigenous and coastal communities
  • regulatory agencies
  • response organizations

The Initiative will build on the previous work of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research, located in Halifax, NS, as well as other Government of Canada research facilities.

Expected outcomes

Through collaboration with leading oil spill experts, we can improve oil spill response protocols and decisions to help minimize the environmental impacts of oil spills.

Multi-Partner Research Initiative: Project summaries

View summaries of approved projects.

Contact information

Contact us for more information about research collaboration.

Dr. Kenneth Lee
National Senior Science Advisor
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Phone: (902) 426-7344
Address: Bedford Institute of Oceanography, PO Box 1006, Dartmouth NS B2Y 4A2
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